Closed store's oddities up for auction online
URBANA — The Buy-Sell-Trade store in Urbana didn't last for long.
The store, which opened at 105 E. University Ave., U, last June, closed later that year, and its parent company, Springfield-based THR & Associates, filed for bankruptcy Sept. 10.
Now the contents of the store — and six other retail and warehouse locations — are being auctioned off online.
Nokomis-based Aumann Auctions was hired by the bankruptcy trustee, Jeffrey Richardson, to conduct the auctions.
Kelly Aumann, a spokeswoman for the auction business, called the sale "the largest personal property auction in Illinois history."
The auction of the Buy-Sell-Trade merchandise runs through March 14, and there are separate end dates for auctions involving the six other locations.
When the Urbana store opened last summer, it touted a range of oddities on display, including a gold-framed pair of Elvis Presley's sunglasses.
Those glasses are up for auction, as are a signature of Albert Einstein and Johnny Cash's handwritten lyrics to "Chinky Pin Hill." As of midday Wednesday, the top bid on the Elvis sunglasses was $1,050.
THR & Associates did business under more than two dozen names, according to the bankruptcy filing. The names included Treasure Hunter's Road Show, International Gold Silver and Diamond Buyers, J. Parsons, International Gun Collectors Association, and Vintage Jewelry and Timepiece Collectors.
Assets up for auction include military antiques, coins and currency, sports memorabilia, watches and jewelry, musical instruments and taxidermy mounts.
Online catalogs of the merchandise appear on the auction firm's website, http://www.aumannauctions.com.
Successful bidders can pick up their items at the Urbana store March 15 and 16, with store fixtures and shelving available for pickup only on March 16.